NYCUA Recognition Awards honor area credit unions

Visions Federal Credit  Union (FCU), its retired executive VP and COO Ed Butler, and a young professional with the Summit FCU were among those honored with NYCUA Recognition Awards. 

The award presentation was part of EXCEL 22, the New York Credit Union Association’s (NYCUA) annual meeting and convention held June 16–19 in Bolton Landing.

In addition, NYCUA recognized Mark Pfisterer, past president and CEO of AmeriCU Credit Union, as the 2022 Hall of Fame inductee. 

The New York Credit Union Association (NYCUA) honored Mark Pfisterer, past president and CEO of AmeriCU Credit Union, as the 2022 Hall of Fame inductee during its annual meeting held in June. (ERIC REINHARDT / CNYBJ FILE PHOTO)


The Hall of Fame honors individuals who “devoted their lives to the philosophy and success” of the credit-union movement, and who have made a “significant impact” on credit unions at the local, state or national levels.

Pfisterer has been active on NYCUA’s board of directors, serving from 2009-2020, and as chairman from 2015-2017. 

“I congratulate Mark Pfisterer on his well-deserved induction into the New York Credit Union Hall of Fame this year,” William Mellin, NYCUA president and CEO, said. “Not only is Mark Pfisterer an asset to NYCUA for all he does, during his tenure he grew AmeriCU’s assets exponentially while at the same time dedicating his career to the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of the credit union movement.”

Past Summit FCU leader recognized

NYCUA also recognized the two newest New York state members of the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders, which is located in the Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., and recognizes champions of the credit-union movement for their leadership and commitment to the “philosophy of people helping people.” 

The 2022 inductees include Mike Vadala, past president and CEO of the Summit Federal Credit Union, and Paula Stopera, past president/CEO of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, who received the award posthumously.

Adult Financial Education Award

As part of the NYCUA Recognition Awards, NYCUA honored Visions FCU with the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award for its “Wallet Wellness” program. The award recognizes credit unions that “demonstrate a significant commitment” to adult financial education.

The program includes self-guided lessons, one-on-one certified financial counseling, curated presentations — available both virtually and in person — as well as outreach to schools and businesses throughout its communities. 

The initiative continues to expand and “year over year growth of individuals impacted is a testament to Visions FCU’s hard work and commitment to community,” NYCUA said.

Outstanding Professional Award

Ed Butler

Before he retired from Visions FCU on July 8, NYCUA recognized Ed Butler with its Outstanding Professional Award. The honor recognizes a professional who has a true passion for credit unions and who inspires others with their hard work, dedication and success.

Butler worked for Visions FCU since college and had worked in roles that ranged from a teller to the executive VP during his 42-year employment. Butler provided oversight to departments that included human resources, information technology, business performance, internal operations, governmental affairs, and “everything member-facing.” 

Outstanding Young Professional 

NYCUA also recognized Cody Seward with its Outstanding Young Professional award. Seward is manager of operations and virtual branch manager at the Summit Federal Credit Union.

The award honors an individual, 39 years-old or younger, “whose commitment, hard work and achievements have enhanced their credit union and the entire New York credit union movement,” NYCUA said.

Seward’s “unique understanding of credit-union initiatives allows him to look at the bigger picture: not just what is going to benefit The Summit Federal Credit Union, but what is going to benefit the movement both at the state and national levels,” NYCUA said. 

Since 2018, Seward has served as the treasurer for the NYCUA’s Young Professionals Commission. In addition to managing the financial affairs of the commission, he has developed and implemented initiatives specifically for credit union young professionals, and assisted the association with its mission to engage, connect, and empower the next generation of industry leaders.

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2022-11-02 20:06:44

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